Bar Hopping Time?

The Older Daughter wraps up her Driver’s Ed course this week. She passed her written and behind-the-wheel tests with flying colors. She is extremely excited to move to the next step. Now she will need to rack up 50 hours behind the wheel with us before she gets her license.

The Wife had a fantastic idea: We’ll let her drive us from bar to bar. That’s right, no more playing rock-paper-scissors to determine who will be the designated driver. Heck, she might be able to complete her 50 hours in 1 weekend! And I can’t think of anything safer or more responsible than leaving our teenage daughter alone in a car outside of some seedy bar.

Time for Drivers Ed

Well it’s another big milestone for the Older Daughter. Yes, she started drivers ed this week. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this. I’m basically one part proud, one part sad, and one part nervous. I’m excited and proud to see her grow up and accomplish things. I’m sad because this is one more step toward eventual independence. While┬áindependence is a good thing, there is still a part of me that doesn’t want to let go of childhood. Also, driving will soon be something that I’m not needed for, and dads like to be useful. Also, I now have one more thing to worry about. I have no doubt that she will be a great driver and I trust her. But I’m a parent–worrying is part of the job description.

She is understandably very excited. She has actually been driving up and down our driveway (about a quarter of mile long) for probably 2 years. So she has been chomping at the bit to drive ever since.

Busy, Busy, Busy

As spring approaches, the kids’ activities really start revving up. The Older Daughter is in track and has practice after school everyday. In a few weeks, she’ll be starting up driver’s ed. She has to be there at 7am for classroom instruction. 7am!

The Younger Daughter has horse riding lessons 3 times a week and is participating in horse shows several times a month.

On top of that, both kids have 4-H meetings a couple of times per month.

Oh, and it looks like $4/gallon gas may be just around the corner. I’m going to contact our local gas station to see if I can arrange to direct deposit my paycheck into their account. They’re going to get all the money anyway…let’s simplify things.